Surat victim may have belonged to Odisha
SURAT: The minor girl, whose body was found 10 days ago with signs of rape and torture, may have originally hailed from Odisha, Gujarat Minister of State for Home Pradipsinh Jadeja said on Monday amid intensified efforts by the police to establish her identity.
The body of the girl, aged between nine and 11 years, was found in the bushes near a cricket ground in Bhestan locality here on April 6. The body bore 86 injury marks, including on her private parts. A doctor at the city Civil Hospital had said that the nature of injuries suggested that she was possibly held captive, tortured and raped.
Surat’s ACP (Crime) RR Sarvaiya said the police had scanned the missing children’s data of several states, including Odisha and West Bengal, the two states the police believe the girl most likely belonged to. He, however, said there was no clue so far regarding the victim’s identity. Two teams of the Ahmedabad Police’s Crime Branch arrived in Surat on Monday to help with the investigations. The police has also announced a reward of Rs 20,000 to anyone who helps in identifying the girl and give information about the culprits.
Meanwhile, Surat Police’s Crime Branch unit has registered a case under section 505(1)(B) of the Indian Penal Code against three persons for allegedly spreading a message on social media that an ABVP leader was behind the heinous act, officials said.